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Inmate who received letter ID’ing Rachael DelTondo’s alleged killer takes plea deal, will cooperate with murder investigation

The inmate who received a letter claiming to know who killed Rachael DelTondo has accepted a plea deal in exchange for cooperation with the murder investigation.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Wayne Cordes, an inmate at the Beaver County Jail, received a letter days after DelTondo’s murder, written by a person who claimed to witness the fatal shooting on May 13.

The letter reads, in part: “I heard the gunshots and seen her fall… I don’t want to be part of this. They won’t send me [to jail] if I tell them what really happened.”

The letter also claims to know who killed DelTondo 32, a beautiful and popular former teacher who had been suspended following a scandal involving a then-teenage boy.

A source who spoke to CrimeOnline on the condition of anonymity identified the person the letter-writer claimed was the young woman’s killer; and it is not the same person believed to be the primary focus of the murder investigation. That source also said they questioned the veracity of the claims made in the letter, including who is said to have written it.

Cordes’ ex-girlfriend Kayle Hill, reportedly gave him the letter, and said the person who wrote the letter brought it to her while she was at work at the Circle K. But the Beaver Countian learned that Hill stopped working at the store a month before DelTondo was gunned down. 

WPXI reports that Cordes accepted a plea deal on Monday, and will be cooperating with investigators in the DelTondo murder case. Cordes had been facing 15 charges, including felony aggravated assault. The precise terms of the plea deal are not yet known.

The Beaver County district attorney told WPXI that the letter has been sent to a lab for analysis.

Police have questioned numerous people in connection to DelTondo’s murder, including her former fiance and a 20-year-old man found in a parked car with DelTondo when he was 17. They have not made any arrests.